The prime minister of the kingdom of Tonga, an island group in the Pacific, has called on female officials to marry this year. Finding a spouse must be a priority, according to Akilisi Pohiva quoted by the local media.
The prime minister made the suggestion for a meeting and prayer service for the government personnel, in honour of the new year. “I’ve come to realize that there are a lot of well-educated but unmarried women in important positions in our government services,” Pohiva is quoted in the local newspaper Matangi Tonga. “I call you all, please find a husband in 2019!”
It is not the first time that Pohiva makes remarkable statements. In August, he called on the leaders of the other Pacific islands to take part in a raid contest, as an example for their populations. The region has the largest share of inhabitants with obesity in the world.